Last month I went to a big sewing expo with some of my friends, and I picked up a few vintage patterns. They’re a great source of inspiration for me, but I also have hoarding tendencies so I have to be careful. I don’t actively seek out vintage patterns generally because that would get out of hand fast, but I never can resist them when I run across them in shops or at events. Here’s a look at my two new ones.
One of the pattern booklets is a 1930s sweater booklet featuring mostly worsted weight knitting projects. It’s full of cute, good stuff. The other is from the 1950s and full of little crochet projects. There isn’t really anything I’d make in it, but I loved the overall look.
In the sweater booklet, I had fun matching the cover illustrations to the actual patterns. This sweater is the bottom illustration on the cover. They even have the styling details like the little hat.
I really love this pattern, and it happens to be in my size. Each sweater only comes with instructions for one size, and knitters were expected to develop the skills to adapt patterns to fit them.
The crochet booklet has a lot of patterns like these accessories. They’d be a little harder to incorporate into a modern wardrobe than a sweater would be.
It also has gems like these creatures from my nightmares. They’re awful, but I adore them because I laugh every time I turn to this page. Whenever I see patterns like these, I always wonder if they were seen as cute at the time or if 50s crocheters found them just as creepy as I do.